The Second Day of an 1862 Christmas…

On the second day of Christmas the 1862 Committee gave to me… two Turtle Doves

William Morris and Philip Webb, Trellis Wallpaper, 1862, Victoria and Albert Museum, E.452-1919 © V&A, 2013

William Morris and Philip Webb, Trellis Wallpaper, 1862, Victoria and Albert Museum, E.452-1919 © V&A, 2013

 

The twelve days of an 1862 Christmas would not be complete without a nod to William Morris and Co.  Despite only being founded in 1861, Morris and Co. showed their designs in the ‘Medieval Court’ of the 1862 International Exhibition; a space specifically dedicated to designs inspired by ‘the gothic’.  Although not printed until 1864, and therefore not on display at the 1862 International Exhibition, designed in 1862 this trellis wallpaper – complete with birds designed by Philip Webb – is not only indicative of Morris and Co.’s style, but also the culture of design which the 1862 International Exhibition was intended to cultivate.

© Helen Cresswell and Ruth Mason, 2013

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